Toronto Raptors Fall to the Cavs, Losing Streak Extended to Eight Straight
The Toronto Raptors are nearing a tough realization.
After nearly a decade of dominance as an Eastern Conference powerhouse, they are starting to run out of time and maybe even talent.
Losers of seven straight, the Raptors skid extended to eight games after a demoralizing 116-105 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. Collin Sexton led the way for Cleveland with a game-high 36 points, 23 of which came in the second half. Jarrett Allen added 17 points and 15 rebounds of his own to help push the Raptors to a 17-25 record as their slide down the Eastern Conference standings continued.
… And the trade deadline continues to draw closer.
“I know that’s my (35th) birthday, so whatever else is happening on that day, I’m not worried about it,” said Kyle Lowry, who scored 18 points in the loss. “We’re trying to get everybody back together and into the groove and on the same page, so it’s tough. We just need that one win to get going.”
It is still unclear whether the Raptors will part way with their aging star who is set to enter free agency. In fact, little to nothing has come out from the Raptors camp leading into the week of the deadline. Whether they will look to sell or hold onto its horses remains to be seen. What is abundantly clear is the fact that the Raptors are no longer a contending team in the Eastern Conference.
The Raptors are middle of the pack in offensive rating and rank 20th in defensive rating. Their true shooting percentage is 13th in the league and their effective field goal percentage is 20th, and while their Pythagorean win-loss record is tied for 10th in the entire league, their stats across the board remain mediocre at best.
It may be time to start back from square one.